02/03/2017 – We have now completed the first big step of switching over to our brand-new comment system. It’s all still under construction, but it does more or less work.
If you need help registering, please see our permanent Commenting page for the most updated details. We are no longer updating this post with that info.
Everything after the cut here is older information, some now out of date, but we’re leaving it for continuity’s sake. The most updated help for posting is now located on the permanent Commenting page.
- Third-party logins, so you can use your existing social accounts (like Twitter, Facebook, Google, Steam, Reddit, etc.) to log in, meaning you can control your display name and avatar and stay anonymous or not as you choose. We won’t offer local accounts,
at least not at first. Not doing local — too much spam.
- Real-time commenting, so you won’t have to refresh to see new comments.
- Upvoting, akin to “likes” in Livefyre. Actually, it’s more like Reddit. Natively, it includes downvotes, but our community overwhelmingly downvotes downvotes, if ya know what I mean, so our tech will be modding that out (
this task will not be completed on day one). Done on day one!
- Image uploading and video links should work more or less as standard with a plugin. Might not be in on day one, and we’ll have to see whether it gets abused. Edit: In on day one, not working 100% as we’d like — still working on it.
- Subs and notifications, and they appear to not suck. They are optional and toggleable per-post from what I can see.
- Customizable edit timer — we’re probably going to go with 15 minutes instead of Livefyre’s 5 (AND THE CROWD GOES WILD).
- Thread sorting and reply nesting, the basics there.
- Mobile prettiness. It looks nice on desktop too and is much easier for us to skin.
It also has options for intra-post text breaking, proper styling that we won’t have to hack (<3), reputation if we decide to go that route, sidebar widgets for stuff like popular comments, proper spam flagging (plus WP’s native spam tools), a respectably powerful moderation panel for the staff, proper comment count integration, and on and on. The system comes with a ton of extras, but we’re going to try to keep it simple and not go crazy until we’re sure it’s all stable.
We’ve had many requests for an ignore feature. I don’t yet know whether that’s possible, but it is on the list to investigate.
Wednesday, once Dave tells me it’s well and truly done and we’re good to go, I’ll work up another post that will have some basic instructions on how to create accounts, stuff we’re running into, etc., and let everyone loose creating and testing accounts and trying to break it. From there, I’ll be branching out to a features post and changing our site FAQ to align with the new service. In the meantime, I’ll be keeping this FAQ updated with new questions and everything I know from tech as it’s happening. Wish us luck!